Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Creative Writing

- Excellent record of helping students achieve publication. - Widely regarded as one of the best courses of its kind. - Taught by an extremely strong team of publishing writers. This course will help you to bring a novel, book of poems, book of short stories or work of nonfiction as near to publishable quality as possible. Working with tutors and other writers on the course, you will develop your writing and build up a substantial body of work. Weekly workshops are taught by a strong team of published writers, and there are regular visits by literary agents, publishers, magazine editors and broadcasters, as well as other writers. Due to the reputation of the MA in Creative Writing, we are able to recruit excellent students who form an exciting and mutually supportive community of writers every year. **CAREER OPPORTUNITIES** Current or former students have been awarded excellent contracts for novels; been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Orange Prize, Costa Prize and the Guardian First Book Award; received the Betty Trask Prize, Manchester Book Award and a W.H. Smith New Talent Award, and reached the best-seller lists.

Entry requirements

MA: Admission to the course is based on a portfolio of creative writing, and the department's estimate of the student's commitment and potential as a writer and ability to benefit from the course. Most applicants have an undergraduate degree, but this is not essential if they can demonstrate their ability in the portfolio. The portfolio should consist of 1 or more short pieces of creative writing submitted with the application form, such as 2 chapters of a novel, 2 short stories, 6 poems, or the equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: writing and the environmental crisis; suspense fiction; contemporary American writing; the writer and place; modernism and postmodernism; writing and gender; the short story; writing and politics; reviewing and journalism; narrative non-fiction; the love story; manuscript.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework only; each writing workshop is assessed on the basis of a folder of creative writing and an early draft of part of the manuscript; each context module is assessed on the basis of an essay and a folder of creative responses; the manuscript is 35,000-40,000 words (or the equivalent for poetry and scriptwriting).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Corsham Court SN13 0BZ South West

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